2018 IBWAA Hall of Fame Ballot Reveal!

It’s one of my favorite times of the year! Since becoming a member of the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America (IBWAA) in 2015, I’ve taken great joy in getting to vote on year-end awards and Hall of Fame.

Just because I feel like I always need to explain this: the IBWAA is a distinct and different group from the BBWAA which is the group of writers who vote on the actual recognized awards and participate in the actual selection process for the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum that you all know. The IBWAA Hall of Fame is a separate, non-physical entity that has many similarities as far as the people elected, but there are differences there as well. For a breakdown of last year’s IBWAA voting, click here and catch up on the results. As you’ll notice, we selected Vladimir Guerrero last season and Edgar Martinez the year before which is why they won’t show up on this year’s IBWAA ballot.

Where as the BBWAA can only vote for a maximum of 10 players, the IBWAA allows us up to 15. That doesn’t mean I have to select 15, but this year, I actually did go over 10 which felt really easy to do based on the glut of what I perceive to be qualified candidates. Continue reading

As The 2017 Nightmare Winds Down, More Questions Arise

Just when you thought we could let the hysteria surrounding Marc Carig’s article about the outgoing Terry Collins die out and drink ourselves to Sunday afternoon to finally be done with this nightmarish season, here comes Joel Sherman with a new report that the Mets could be looking to cut as much as $20M from payroll going into next season.

This should come as zero surprise to anybody who’s been paying attention all year. For the past few years, even. Why anybody is acting shocked now just shows that a lot of you have your heads planted firmly up your ass in Fantasyland where the Mets still have money and the pitchers never age or break.

While Sherman apparently thinks that the Mets should be in the market to sign anybody who has ever worn a Royals uniform – including Dan Quisenberry and Willie Mays Aikens – to expect any kind of splashy, big money move goes beyond just the Mets being broke, but it doesn’t make a lot of baseball sense either. Continue reading

2017 IBWAA Awards Ballot!

As we stand on the precipice of the end of another baseball season, we finally get the part where we argue about awards!

This is the second year that I’ve had a ballot in the IBWAA (Internet Baseball Writers Association of America) year-end awards selection and, as I said last year, it’s something I take pretty seriously because I completely understand how serious fans take it.

Trust me, I got hammered last year on Twitter with people who vehemently disagreed with my ballot and while I felt I was able to justify selections, it did serve as a reminder to ensure that no fuckery occurs.

This was a helluva season, wasn’t it? Big injuries, bigger homers, fun streaks and disappointing, wastes of seasons (coughMetscough). All that action is setting up for a very fun October with a number of intriguing postseason matchups, but before we get there, we have to give out some awards. Final tallies will be revealed after this weekend, but – in the meantime – I can tell you where my votes went. So here we go: fuckery not included. Continue reading

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Episode 54: Sequels

Who likes good news? Everyone? Well, good news, everyone! A brand new episode is upon you and we’re talking about all of the things! New Oreo flavors! Funko Pop figures! The sports! And our favorite sequels! It’s action packed! You may own an entire seat, but you’ll only need the edge of it!

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Mets At The Deadline, Grading The Deals, Team Finally Finds Amed’s Phone Number

The 2017 non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone and it doesn’t seem like anybody’s much too happy with what the Mets did…or didn’t do for that matter. After shipping Lucas Duda to the Tampa Bay Rays last week, the Mets made a curious trade with the Miami Marlins on Friday night to acquire AJ Ramos and then brought things down to today’s 4PM Eastern deadline with only the expected trade of closer, Addison Reed to the Red Sox.

In a perfect world, the Mets, toiling through what has been a lost season, would have been able to deal a bunch of their players who are pending free agents for players and prospects that would strengthen a retooling of the roster to prepare for 2018, but the combination of injuries, disappointing seasons and a soft market for offense found the Mets at prom night without a dance partner. Continue reading

Letting Murphy Leave Was The Correct Move…At The Time

When it’s time to make a decision, you have to do so in the moment. You certainly aren’t afforded the luxury of hindsight to see how things play out in the future before you choose your path.

Which is exactly why – in the moment – the Mets made the right decision to let now-perennial MVP candidate, Daniel Murphy leave as a free agent following their 2015 World Series run. Continue reading

Ronnie’s Fired Up, Terry Gonna Terry, Let’s Go To The Tebow Show, Remembering Anthony Young

The Mets were back to their losing ways in Miami last night dropping a 6-3 game to the Marlins. I don’t like doing game recaps because you can get that shit anywhere. So I’ll just go over shit that stuck out to me from another chapter in the book of awfulness that the 2017 season has become. Continue reading